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and iran. >> reporter: release came before president obama addressed the united nations general assembly. mahmoud ahmedinejad gives his speech today. president obama says he's thrilled with the news. he like the rest of his administration believes the hikers should not have been held in the first place. >> they have a chance now to reunite with their families and to decompress from what has been a terrible experience for them and i'm looking forward to seeing them when they return home. >> reporter: in josh fattal's hometown near philadelphia "welcome home" signs are already up. his uncle is eagerly awaiting a reunion. >> i want to see his face. >> reporter: they could be back on u.s. soil within days. susan mcguinness for cbs news, washington. >> omani and swiss diplomats helped to get the release since the u.s. has no diplomatic relations with iran. >>> president obama talked to the united nations general assembly yesterday. procedure to his -- prior to his address president obama met face-to-face with the palestinian president. he doesn't want abbas to ask for statehood when the u.n
addressing the united nations general assembly in new york. among the issues up for discussion are nuclear safety and peace in the middle east. u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon opened the session wednesday by referring to the nuclear accident at the fukushima daiichi plant. >> nuclear accidents do not respect national borders. we need global action. we need strong international safety standards to prevent future disasters. >> u.s. president barack obama expressed his objections to palestinian's statehood bid for full u.n. membership. he said the country's independence will only be achieved through dialogue with israel and that there can be no shortcut. the debates at the assembly will continue until next tuesday. >>> top nuclear envoys from north and south korea have met for the first time in two months to discuss resuming the stalled six-party talks on the north's nuclear program. south korean delegate wi san nak and north korea's vice foreign minister ri yong ho met for three hours in beijing on wednesday. ri said the north must halt its uranium enrichment program and accept inspection
of the united nations general assembly. palestinian president mahmoud abbas remains determined to take his bid for statehood to the u.n. despite pressure from the u.s. for abbas to instead resume peace talks with israel. nbc's tracie potts joins with us more from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. president obama and the u.s. seem determined to convince him that the united nations is not the place to deal with this issue during his speech to the general assembly yesterday president obama said that peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the u.n. the security council is set to consider tomorrow the palestinian's request for full membership. he met with mahmoud abbas yesterday and also with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. president obama said we are committed to israel's security and the commitment is unbreakable, but there's another option here. they may put off a decision tomorrow on full membership or as the french suggested, they could upgrade the palestinians from observant status to non-member status. bottom line, they have work
of the united nations general assembly. palestinian president mock mod abbas remains determined to take his bid for statehood to the u.n. despite pressure from the u.s. for abbas to instead resume peace talks with israel. tracie potts joins with us more from washington. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. president obama addresses directly in his speech before the u.n. general assembly yesterday, he said that people not coming to statements and resolutions at the united nations. he's been pushing for the two sides to restart no,z and in fact the security council is expected to consider that request for full membership, possibly tomorrow. president obama met with both abbas yesterday and israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. with netanyahu, he reiterated that the u.s. is committed to israel's safety. saying it is unbreakable. they may postpone the decision or french president nicolas sarkozy suggested upgrading their status from voting from nonmember. lynn? >> tracie potts for us in washington, tracie, thank you. >>> here's a look at some other stories making news. "early today
before mahmoud ahmadinejad plans to appear before the world at the united nations general assembly in new york. bauer and fattal were released only after the payment of $1 million in bail. the international incident began which when bauer and fattal along with shroud, mistakenly crossed the border into iran, while hiking along the boarder in iraq. the three were charged with espionage, but shroud was released after 14 months in captivity and after the payment of half a million dollars in bail was made. she spoke with cbs news after her release. >> the most difficult thing i've ever had to do is leave prison without shane and josh. >> reporter: the families of the hikers issued a statement saying today was the best day of their lives. scott, it's not known how long those families will stay in oman but it's expected they'll be back in the united states in a matter of days. >> pelley: seth, thank you. today, the federal reserve took a look at the economy and decided to take another extraordinary step to try to jump start the recovery. the fed will shift some of its holdings to long-term u.s.
: their freedom came on the eve of the iranian president ahmadinejad's speech to the united nations general assembly. he has tried to claim credit for the pair's release. but the sult tan of oman, paid $1 million in bail. >> our deepest gratitude goes to his majesty for obtaining our release. >> president obama is thrilled with the news but, like the rest of his administration, believes the hikers never belonged in jail. >> they have a chance to reunite with their families and decompress. >> reporter: there is no word yet when the men will leave for america. family members in the united states say after two years of uncertainty, they are just thankful to know the men are coming home. >> the hikers were arrested in july of 2009, near the iran/iraq border. they say they got lost and wandered into iranian territory. >>> if you dig for dinosaur bones you probably already know about the dinosaur park in laurel, maryland. but did you know about a big discovery there? dave hacker, of silver spring, likes to hunt for fossils. and following tropical storm lee, he came to an open space, he said he kn
deployed in the area. and greece waits for the next installment of the bailout. the 66 united nations general assembly has opened in new york. world leaders are calling for action on the global debt crisis, renew efforts for boosting economic growth and ending a stalemate in the middle east. if the real showdown is expected on friday when palestinians submitted their bid for full u. membership. brazil, in keeping with tradition, kick off the annual debate. >> an historic moment as a result of the president became the first woman to open the general debate. >> this is the voice of democracy. [applause] i am convinced that this will be the century of women. >> they will come to the newest un member states. she said she hoped to welcome the palestinians as well. she said it was time for them to be given full membership. but the u.s. and israel are strongly opposed. washington will veto any membership bid. president obama repeated his warning against unilateral moves by the palestinians. if he called for resumption of direct peace talks between the sides. >> i am convinced that there is n
at the united nations general assembly meeting in new york. they say they will make a bid for u.n. membership this week as planned. u.s. president barack obama is trying to convince them to put their request on hold. obama delivered a speech wednesday at the general assembly. he said there is no shortcut to resolving decades-long conflict in the middle east and argued the palestinians should first return to peace talks before applying for u.n. membership. obama then met separately with palestinian president mahmoud abbas and israeli prime minister benjamin nettia hue. before that meeting an adviser to the palestinian president said abbas won't back down. >> he has to give it a serious try. if we fail, we have to keep knocking at the door of that organization. >> abbas is expected to file membership request on friday. leaders of south american nainrastesre voicing their support. the issue has sparked vigorous debate at the u.n. and around the world. >>> obama also talked about the so-called arab spring in his speech for the u.n. general assembly. he hailed a pro-democracy movement in middle ea
a news session of the united nations general assembly there is no shortcut to peace in the middle east. this session looks likely to be dominated by palestinian demands for full statehood, to be submitted in writing. president obama has called for more direct talks between palestinians and israelis. there are warnings of the american stance could provoke a new cycle of violence. jeremy bowen reports from new york. >> middle east diplomacy temporarily transferred to new york can snarl up traffic. but it seems unable to match the challenges of a conflict that is once again looking dangerous. >> it is time for us to say not on our watch. >> supporters of both sides were there. israel is keeping pressure on the obama administration to veto any palestinian application for u.n. membership. pro palestinians pushing for a seat of the un has a giant step toward independence. even with the prospect of an american veto, palestinians are climbing some victories. they have put back the issue not just of u.n. membership, but their independence on an international agenda. a year ago, president obama
comes on the eve of president mahmoud ahmadinejad address to the united nations general assembly in new york. while analysts believe the release is an effort to improve tehran's image the men's families are great full. >> we need to sort of put this behind us because it has been more than i wish on anybody. >> reporter: josh's uncle adds tonight he has a cabin on the san juan islands. heather holmes ktvu channel 2 news. >>> more details now from the family statement it went on to say quote we now all want nothing more than to wrap shane and josh in our arms, catch up on two lost years and make a new beginning for them and for all of us. >>> the two men and their families are expected to spend a few days in i am an before deciding their next step the country has ties to iran and the u. s. in a statement they hoped the release would lead to better ties between the u. s. and iran. >> wonderful news. we are thrilled. i could not feel better for their families. it's a wonderful day for them and for us. >> the release came just a few minutes before president obama addressed the united n
mahmoud ahmadinejad address to the united nations general assembly in new york. while analysts believe the release is an effort to improve tehran's image the men's families are great full. >> we need to sort of put this behind us because it has been more than i wish on anybody. >> reporter: josh's uncle adds tonight he has a cabin on the san juan islands. heather holmes ktvu channel 2 news. >>> more details now from the family statement it went on to say quote we now all want nothing more than to wrap shane and josh in our arms, catch up on two lost years and make a new beginning for them and for all of us. >>> the two men and their families are expected to spend a few days in i am an before deciding their next step the country has ties to iran and the u. s. in a statement they hoped the release would lead to better ties between the u. s. and iran. >> wonderful news. we are thrilled. i could not feel better for their families. it's a wonderful day for them and for us. >> the release came just a few minutes before president obama addressed the united nations general assembly. it's
the important leaders addressing the united nations general assembly in attendance here meeting with her dignitaries is prime minister of turkey. he will address the u.n. tomorrow. yesterday he met with president obama. the unrest in the arab world put a new focus on turkey and on his leadership. some say secular democracy is a model for the countries of the arab spring. he has emerged as a prominent voice in the range. he traveled in egypt, tunisia and libya and tehran. i spoke to him yesterday at the hotel and here is that conversation. tell me where you see the united states and turkey cooperating and the relation relationship s developed between you and the president. >> [indiscernible] are getting this within the [indiscernible] which are all strengthen the relationship between [indiscernible] and today we are speaking about the -- our efforts aregoing to be proceeded with in a very efficient way sniffle is there a spial relationship between you and the president? >> of course this is how [indiscernible] ie, between turkeynd the united states [iiscernible] but we have initiated the
comes as iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad speaks at the united nations general assembly today. he is expected to talk about global management and a reform of the united nations. now, president obama addressed the assembly yesterday saying now is not the time to grant palestine's request for statehood. the president says an independent palestine need to emerge from peace negotiations with israel. >>> the names of two fallen firefighters are going to be added to a san francisco memorial today. lieutenant vince perez and firefighter paramedic tony valerio were killed while fighting a house fire that june. their funeral was the largest in san francisco in six decades. their names will be displayed at the line of duty memorial wall dedication at the fire department's headquarters. >>>6:06, hopefully clearing up soon. >> i think we'll clear up nicely except at the coast. more fog there meaning we are going to keep the temperatures cooler at the beaches and probably just inside the bay. still, if you are headed around the bay area, watch out for dense fog thick at the coastline. and insi
controversial leader to address the united nations general assembly took the stage today. senior correspondent eric shawn reports on the dramatic appearance of iran's president. >> reporter: he appeared to be praying before he ascended the u.n. podium. when he did, iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad predictably used his starry moment to tend the world's problems on united states and israel, what he calls the zionist state. when he again questioned 9/11, that prompted the two american delegates to walk out. >> who used the mysterious 9/11 incident to attack afghanistan and iran. killing, injuring and displacing millions in two countries. >> reporter: they turned out not to be the only ones who had enough. the french high-tailed it when he questioned the holocaust. as he continued, there was a flow of pinstripes heading for the exits. giving ahmadinejad the ultimate diplomatic snub. they missed him implying that usama bin laden was murdered to cover up the truth. >> instead of finding him, the fact-finding team they killed the main perpetrator. and through his body -- pushed his body in the s
north of here in new york where the united nations general assembly is meeting. the big issue is the changing face of the middle east and what to do about the palestinians. at this hour, president obama is scheduled to meet with the head of the palestinian authority and senior white house foreign affairs correspondent wendell goler reports the president admitted earlier things have not worked out as he had hoped. >> a year after telling the u.n. general assembly it might be able to recognize a new state of palestine at this session, president obama admitted his disappointment. >> i know that many are frustrated by the lack of progress. i assure you, so am i. the question isn't the goal that we seek. the question is how do we reach that goal? >> mr. obama also said the u.n. can't resolve the issues standing in the way of palestinian statehood. >> ultimately, it's the israelis and the palestinians, not us, who must reach agreement on issues that divide them. on borders and on security. on refugees and jerusalem. >> his aides have already said the u.s. will veto a security counci
economy. looking at live pictures from the united nations general assembly. we have already seen protests in the street outside of the u.n. over his very appearance. we'll take that live when it begins. >>> the topic ahmadinejad could weigh in on today is palestinian statehood as well. it is a proposal we are expecting to hear tomorrow when the palestinian leader mahmoud abbas addresses the united nations. so how do you have a state without borders, right? our fionnuala will take a look at finding those dividing lines in jerusalem. >> reporter: more than 0 years ago the late yasser arafat declared a palestinian state. it didn't happen. so why is israel worried now? well, precisely because of places like this. this settlement on the 1967 borders and juxtapositions between jerusalem to my left and ramallah behind me, just some ten miles apart. this hill top has been the site of many a strategic battle between israel and arab nations. prize -- jerusalem. today a different kind of battle is being played out in the valleys below. the separation barrier divides israeli from palestinian literall
another story -- 193 nations meeting today at the united nations general assembly in new york. but there is one -- one speaker, that's set to take the stage and is certain to spark a bit of controversy. with gadhafi gone perhaps the most controversial figure at this week's united nations general assembly meeting is now iran's president, mahmoud ahmadinejad. he's set to take stage at the u.n., a platform he's used before to spark both outrage and fear. in 2006, he famously denied the holocaust. at colombia university in 2007, he claimed there were in gays in iran. in 2009 he denied the holocaust again causing many u.n. delegates to walk out. and last year, ahmadinejad implied 9/11 could have been an inside job by the united states. but beyond ahmadinejad's words, iran's actions matter to the u.s. because iran proves itself, time and time again, to be a dang dangerous wild card in a volatile region. just in the past year, iran resisted the arab spring, launching attacks on protesters. it was reminiscent of the violent response to iran's green revolution in 2009 when iranians cam
president, mahmoud ahmadinejad, is set to speak to the united nations general assembly today. none of that matters to the families. it wasn't american soil. but it was the next best thing. as the families of shane bauer and josh fattal greeted them in oman. the first taste of freedom for the 29-year-olds after spending more than two years as prisoners in iran. >> we're so happy we are free. and so relieved we are free. >> reporter: the omani government flew them out of iran and reportedly paid their $1 million bail. for bauer, it meant a reunion with sarah shourd, his fiancee, who was with them when they were captured. but spent only half as much time behind bars. >> two years in prison is too long. and we sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in america and iran. >> reporter: the three were arrested in 2009, while they were hiking along iran's border with iraq. they never realized they crossed into iran. they were arrested for trespassing. then, bauer and fattal were arrested for spying. they were sentenced for eight years
mahmoud ahmadinejad speaks at the united nations general assembly today. president obama addressed the assembly yesterday saying now is not the time to grant palestine's request for statehood. the president says an independent palestine needs to emerge from peace negotiations with israel. >>> today the president will stop in ohio to promote his job creation plan. mr. obama will visit a run-down bridge in cincinnati to highlight the type of infrastructure projects that his proposal would create. it connects kentucky and ohio the home states of house speaker john boehner and senate minority legaller mitch mcconnell. >>> so you may discover your new favored band or movie on facebook. the social media giant is set to announce new features all aimed at engaging its millions of users. facebook developers meet in san francisco this morning. ceo mark zuckerberg is expected to roll out new partnerships at the conference. the goal, to make facebook more social for users as they share music, tv shows and other media. >> they have to start generating more engagement as we say in the interacti
nations general assembly in new york. among the issues up for discussion are nuclear safety and peace in the middle east. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon opened the session on wednesday by referring to the nuclear accident at the fukushima daiichi plant. >> nuclear accidents do not respect national borders. we need strong international safety standards to prevent the future disasters. >> u.s. president barack obama expressed his objection for palestinian's bid for full u.n. membership. he said the country's independence will only be achieved through dialogue with israel, and that there can be no shortcut. the debates at the assembly will continue until next tuesday. >>> north and south korean officials have met but failed to narrow differences on ways to resume the six-party talks on the north's nuclear programs. north and south korean delegates to the six-party talks ended their first meeting in two months in beijing on wednesday. at the meeting, south korea insisted that the north first halt its uranium enrichment program and take other steps toward denuclearization before having
spoke before the united nations general assembly, this amidst a very tense atmosphere. [ indiscernible ] >> ahmadinejad blamed the u.s., europe and israel for creating the global recession. he also questioned the holocaust an event he has widely denounced. several countries left the assembly hall with the u.s. delegation being the first to leave this after ahmadinejad called the september 11th attacks mysterious. >>> two hikers in the meantime released from iran are resting in oman this morning but not before reuniting with loved ones there last night. josh fattal and shane bauer embraced their loved ones just yesterday. the court found them guilty of spying after they crossed into iran while hiking in iraq but a judge granted their release after oman paid a million dollars. >>> a nasa satellite on a collision course with earth. where nasa says it will not fall. >>> and will arnold tell all? the details about his new book and autobiography. >>> some major changes headed to facebook all revealed in the last hour or so. we'll have the latest in what you can expect coming up. >>> hi, i'm
to speak at the united nations general assembly in new york. many analysts say that the move may have been intended to gain international approval ahead of today's speech iranian media said that mahmoud ahmadinejad is expected to focus on the themes of global management and fundamental reform of the united nations. during past addresses to the united nations mahmoud ahmadinejad stirred up controversy denying the holocaust and expressing doubt about the official version of the september 11th at terrorist attacks. >>the death toll climbs to 10 in the aftermath of a powerful typhoon that hit japan for people also are missing since the storm moved through the island nation yesterday thousands of homes and businesses were flooded and mudslides destroyed several buildings in areas that are still recovering from the devastating tsunami back in march thousands of people were stranded in tokyo or after many trains were cancelled officials at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant said that there were no major damage is there from the storm >>pope benedict is back in his native home of germany. he ar
as an independent country and president obama addressed the united nations's general assembly. the president is rejecting the move and wants palestinians to negotiate directly with israel. >> ultimately, the israelis and palestinians, not us, who must reach agreement on the issue that is divide them on boarders and security on refugees and is jerusalem. >> during his speech to the un general assembly last week, talks between israel and palestine broke down. >>> can d.c.'s fire chief promote his brother? kelton ellerbe is up for acting battalion chief, but the mayor's office wants to make sure he gets the job on his own merit. the chief said that he has been on the job for 20y years and even ran into the pentagon on 9/11. >> the fact that a person's brother or sister is a chief should not prevent a person from being promoted. i talked with chief e well, lerbe about this. >> public officials are not allowed to promote a reel difficult in an agency he or she has official patrol over. >>> controversial prisoner's execution delayed. we'll explain the last-min
anyway and it's like the whole week of the united nations general assembly is like a progressive dinner party without the progress. and they just go around and around. and i'm telling you, this is a boondoggle. you want to save money, make this meeting every other year because you really don't need it every year. the thing that is interesting about the orrin hatch piece is that they haven't had to do that before to threaten to cut off aid and vote for it in the house or senate because we never walked this far up to the line. the other development today was that abbas, the president of the palestinian authority, said he will not heed president obama's request to not call for the vote. and that is a different dynamic. we'll have to see how that shakes out. >> there was some poll that said four out of ten americans have no opinion on this matter. i'm kind of one of them. for americans, the conflict there is like construction on a freeway. you drive by, it's been going on for years, you never see any progress at all. >> that's what i'm saying. >> it's like it goes on forever. >> in other wo
as a humanitarian gesture. the timing of the men's release coincides with the united nation's general assembly meeting. ahmadinejad is speaking there tomorrow. bauer and fattal free on a million dollars bail, money paid by the omani government. >> we are so happy that we are free. our deepest gratitude goes towards his majesty of aman for attaining our release. we're sincerely government that the government of aman is hosting us and our families. >> two years in prison is too long and we sincerely hope for the freedom of other prisoned people in iran. >> all three are free on bail. it's understood that they will not return to iran for any further court proceedings. president obama also expressed his happiness today in new york saying "we are thrilled" and i could not feel better for the families. >>> still no words yet just yet on when they will leave oman and head here. live in the newsroom, vick yee nguyen, nbc bay area news. >>> it wasn't long ago that these three were students hanging out in berkeley. that's where they met and that's where they that arrived. we bring in jodi hernandez. i c
comes as iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad speaks at the united nations general assembly today. president obama spoke yesterday saying now is not the time to grant palestine's request for statehood. the president says an independent palestine needs to emerge from peace negotiations with israel. >>> and today the president will stop in ohio to promote his job creation plan. mr. obama will visit a rundown brimming in cincinnati to highlight the type -- bridge in cincinnati to highlight the type of infrastructure project his proposal would create. the bridge also connects ohio and kentucky the home states of republican house speaker john boehner and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. >>> coming soon to facebook, music, movies and streaming media. today the social media giant is set to announce new features aimed at engaging its millions of users. facebook developers meet in san francisco this morning. ceo mark zuckerberg is expected to roll out new partnerships at the conference. the goal is to make facebook more social for users as they share music, tv shows and other media.
that case. >>> the president today delivered a strong measured address to the united nations general assembly about the intrans-genes je intransgency. the president declared palestinians must first make peace with israel before statehood is a possibility and reiterated his position that the u.s. will oppose the effort by the palestinian authority to seek u.n. recognition of a palestinian state. >> peace is hard work. peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nations. if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now. ultimately, it is the israelis and the palestinians who must live side by side. ultimately it is the israelis and palestinians, not us, who must reach agreement on issues that divide them. >> here's how the prime minister of israel scored president obama's handling of the attempt to secure u.n. sanction statehood. >> i think that standing your ground, taking this position of principle, which is also i think is the right way to achieve peace, i think this is a badge of honor. and i want to thank you for wearing that badge of honor and
shoulder at the united nations. diplomats from the u.s. and other western nations walk out of the general assembly during an off the wall address. he questioned the holocaust again and accusing the u.s. of using the mysterious 9/11 attacks to launch attacks. bob ward is accused of fatally shooting his wife. his attorneys argue the woman was suicidal and ward was trying to stop her from killing herself. a former biology pro feelsor in huntsville pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. she was allegedly angry over the school's refusal to grant her tenure. world markets down sharply and investors feeling a lot of pain in the united states. the dow is down quite a bit. it's down 421 points at the moment. robert gray is joining us from fox business network. robert, second day of a pretty bad slump. >> reporter: it started with the fed yesterday. they spooked investors with that statement after their policy meeting ended when they put out a statement that they saw significant risks to the down side for the economy. we have been talking about this for several months and years in some cases ab
. >> and president obama told the united nations general assembly he's frustrated with the lack of progress in peace talks. the president says more needs to be dub to establish a palestinian state and caution that had peace can only come as two sides sit down together and hammer out differences. >> each side has aspirations. that is part of what makes peace so hard. and the deadlock will be only broken when each side learns to stand in the others shoe autos president obama met with leaders today first israeli prime minister netanyahu affirmed u.s. commitment to security and later with mahmoud abbas. >> 60 year was out moving one sent meter forward doesn't suggest we should change the method and scheduling here? let's have a month to resume discussions. and six months to find an agreement on borders and security. one year to reach a definite agreement. >> he is expected to submit a formal letter this friday. the u.s. pledged to veto such a bid in large part over resistance to israel's right to exempt -- exist. >> people who love off road vehicles are fighting to get one of their favorite areas reopen
to the united nations general assembly later today. >> charlie d'agata in london, thank you. joining is shane bauer's brother-in-law, nate lindstrom. he joins us here this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> i know you had a chance to speak to your wife nicole via skype a bit ago. what is she saying about the reunion? >> she was still pretty much speechless. she was very, very excited. she looked very relieved. everybody is really happy to be together right now. >> i know, obviously, you're not in oman for the reunion. what was it like for you having been a part of this ordeal the last two years to see it unfold on television and to see those images? >> when i finally saw the plane land, that's when i knew it was over. it was a huge relief for me. >> this has been a painstaking two years for your entire family. beyond the relief of, obviously, bringing the boys home, what do you think this moment is going to be like for your family when everybody is able to come home and be together and finally put this whole ordeal behind them? >> boy, i don't know. it's something we have all l
at the u.n. been -- at the united nations and he's going to address the general assembly there. what can we expect from mr. ahmadinejad this aim around, eric? >> reporter: hi martha. you know, he's back! and it's almost like he never leaves. this is the seventh time that mahmoud ahmadinejad has addressed the general assembly at the united nations and as expected, we can expect him to attack the united states. and israel. and deny iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. we'll also get his view of the upcoming palestinian vote. you know he's denied the holocaust, called for wiping israel off the map, said there are no homosexuals in iran and called protestors criminals. he has given one on one interviews, an opportunity for him to spread his message. this is one we did last year when i conducted an interview with him for fox news. at that time, he said that the u.s. government was involved in 9/11. i asked him why he would say much nutty and insane things. this morning, "the new york times" says he's making an effort to be friendly and conciliatory, but some opponents think he should be arrested. >
nations, world leaders continue to address the general assembly. among them was mahmoud ahmadinejad. he said the 9/11 attacks were used as a pretext by the u.s. delegation and other western diplomat. it was the controversial bid by palestine for membership in the u.n. that continues to dominate. the u.n. special representative for the middle east peace process is here. the u.k. prime minister, david cameron, echoed president obama today saying palestinian membership could not replace a peace agreement. isn't this a sign that the palestinians have given up on the peace process? >> i hope not. this is not what we are hearing from president abbas. he has told the secretary general back negotiations remain his priority. -- that negotiations remain his priority. this could be a reflection of their frustration of making one peace process after another. now they are seeking to advance in the united nations. i understand that president abbas tomorrow will come to the office of the secretary-general and submit a letter for membership to the united nations. what could happen after that? he will m
at the united nation's general assembly. and then deficit reduction from the american journal foundation and then "washington journal" live with your phone calls. when the joint deficit reduction committee meets today, they will be considering change os to the tax code and measures to raise federal revenue. we'll have coverage beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern on crmp span 3 and c-span.org. >> in my opinion, i think that the downs of academic freedom have just been pushed too far. >> in the faculty lounges, naomi schaefer rooly suggests that the current mentality needs to go . >> there are professors of cooking, nutritional study who have teen your now. -- tenure now. when pressed, they will say oh, well, we need someone to have tenure and security studies so they can talk about immigration even though it is controversial. and someone in nutritional studies needs to be able to say something controversial about obesity. >> that's why you won't get the college education you paid for sunday night on q & a. >> the joint cheeves staff have agreed to remove the question regarding one's sexual or
the world at the united nations general assembly. there is a lot on the line. iranian leader's tone will be very telling because his grip on power is shaky these days. many observers believe he needs to ease tensions with the united states. let's go first to the political prisoner in the united states thing. what do you suppose that means? >> i was than aware there were a lot of iranians in the mountains picked up -- >> but iranians in jail in different capacities over the years iranians asked for a quid pro quo release. we have to see until the american hikers are back on u.s. soil to see just what these statements really mean. whether it is political niceties to thank oman and reflect on their experiences in iran, until they come back, probably they will be on the set and you can ask them. but as for the hikers' situation it also played out this drama at the united nations, you can't mistake the timing. president obama, president ahmadinejad, different areas of the u.n. while president obama was speaking, president ahmadinejad came in through the u.n. entrance. here he is leaving
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